Diploma Programme: Beyond the Classroom

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UWC Maastricht equips students with life skills needed to ensure their social and emotional well-being. Therefore the learning process doesn’t only happen inside the classrooms.

We encourage Diploma Programme students to further develop their talents through CAS, student led initiatives, social entrepreneurship programmes, project weeks and music lessons.

CAS

CAS is at the heart of the Diploma Programme. With its holistic approach, CAS is designed to strengthen and extend students’ personal and interpersonal learning. CAS is organized around the three strands of creativity, activity and service.

Creativity: exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretive product or performance. Writing, computer programming or organizing a musical are some examples.

ActivityPhysical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle. Ranging from football, basketball, cycling or fitness to running and much more.

ServiceCollaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need. From elderly homes to refugee centers, from animal farms to nature reserves… We encourage our students to contribute at least three hours a week to the Maastricht community and therefore we collaborate with over 100 organizations in the region! 

CAS offers students opportunities to express their passions, personalities and perspectives. It complements a challenging academic programme, providing opportunities for self-determination, collaboration, accomplishment and enjoyment.

 

Student led initiatives

UWC Maastricht is proud of its student led initiatives: conferences, festivals, musicals. During the organization, implementation and evaluation students learn how to work in multi-cultural teams outside of academic setting, train in extra-curricular skills, gain new knowledge of different subjects and provide content to the whole school community and beyond. They also get the chance to meet experts, workshop facilitators, organizations and guest speakers from all over the world. Furthermore students will develop contacts with other local and international schools which are participating in the events. 

Some examples of these student led initiatives are conferences such as International Peace Conference, Youth Environmental Sustainability Conference or Sciences Conference. But also an art festival, culture weeks, a musical and TEDxYouth Maastricht are part of them.

 

Youth Social Entrepreneurship

Youth Social Entrepreneurship  is a design thinking short programme, through which students gain valuable skills and tools to identify theme related challenges in their immediate or home communities. They explore possible sustainable solutions that become projects designed by teams.  In training for impact, students are also provided space and resources to implement these change-making projects locally in collaboration with existing organizations or starting completely new ventures.

 

Project week

Project week is an experiential learning opportunity to either explore new places and cities or through service give back to various communities including the one in Maastricht. All DP students get the chance to design a local service project. 

 

Music School

The UWCM Music school provides a wide ranch of music lessons: guitar, clarinet, drums, bassoon, vocal and many more! The lessons contribute to the development of specific abilities like music appreciation, music literacy, technique and performance skills. The UWCM Music School encourages students to explore new horizons through the language of music, celebrate diversity, and sharing their artistry with the international community at various performances, events, and workshops.

The lessons are open to Primary and Secondary students, UWCM staff members and parents.

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